Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Obey or Hoyer/Emmanuel?

Looks like McNerney will have to pick sides.

David Obey (D-WI) Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee said an Iraq funding bill will not be released from his committee without a withdrawal date. He also says he wants a war tax.

Steny Hoyer (D-MD) the House Majority Leader, basically said he's scared of a funding fight.

Rahm Emmanuel (D-IL) stumbled all over himself about ending the Iraq war on Real Time with Bill Maher the other night. Basically he said "we need a new president so we can bring the troops home". Give the video a look (it is breathtakingly depressing).

So the question: Whose side will McNerney choose?

Answer: I have no idea but he has positioned himself to embrace either side.

On one hand McNerney says "I want a date certain withdrawal timeline" which leans toward supporting the Obey path. Also, he was pissed at the Dem leadership when the last Iraq supplemental was brought to a vote.

On the other hand McNerney keeps saying "we don't have the votes" which can be interpreted as: "I don't want the political fallout of a funding fight" and/or "let's punt the Iraq War to the next president".

I can only hope McNerney will be willing to go the mat to end the war. It's what he was elected to do and it's the right thing to do.


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